Who: Arienne Thompson, 30
Fashion and celebrity reporter/producer, USA Today
What she does: I’m a jane-of-all-trades, actually! I conduct celebrity interviews, report on style and trend stories for print and online, create digital elements for our online coverage, and cover red carpets and runway shows. Every other week, I go on camera to film USA Today’s video feature “StyleFile.” A typical week for me could literally be interviewing Jada Pinkett-Smith at the State Department one day, chatting with Victoria Beckham on the phone the next day, and live-tweeting a store opening the day after that. Tough job, right?
Describe your work style: Definitely trendy with an edge. Part of my job is keeping up with the next big thing, but I wouldn’t say I’m a slave to trends by any means. My go-to pieces when I’m in the office are a nice pair of jeans (newsrooms are notoriously casual) spiffed up with jackets, eye-catching jewelry, and great shoes.
In the Office
I rely on comfortable but chic pieces such as blazers, button-downs, and quality jeans. Pattern-mixing is big right now, and I love taking it to the next level by pairing different scales of similar patterns.
Zara blazer, Forever 21 button-down, Marc Jacobs jeans, and Sam Edelman pumps. Marc by Marc Jacobs watch and zipper necklace, Trina Turk ring, Giles & Brother railroad spike cuff, Marc Jacobs and J.Crew bracelets.
Red Carpet/Celebrity Interview
Zara dress and stilettos, Madewell envelope clutch, Kara Ross for Tory Burch cuff, and House of Harlow ring.
Tart Collections striped skirt suit, Rebecca Taylor silk peplum top, Zara slingback heels, Urban Outfitters glasses (held in hand) Cambridge Satchel Company bag, and Lucite cuff by Tory Burch.
H&M gown, Ann Taylor necklace, and Banana Republic clutch.
Makeup by Mitch Leyba and hair by Tabitha Walker. All photographs by Kate Warren.
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